Itay puts contestants through hell

A FORMER Israeli Armed Forces member and krav maga specialist has been putting 29 men and women through their paces as part of a new television programme.

The BBC Two series Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week - hosted by cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff - sees some of the fittest men and women around face the toughest challenge of their lives.

Israeli Itay Gil takes command on Sunday (9pm). With more than 33 years of hand-to-hand and krav maga combat study to meet the needs of real-life situations, Itay has been given the moniker 'The Human Weapon'.

He has also been credited with having saved krav maga from becoming "watered down".

Moshe Katz, of, said: "His approach is based on the reality of life in Israel today, not in Japan 200 years ago.

"As such he is still innovating; he is at the cutting edge of reality self defence. While many krav maga teachers are, sadly, teaching out- dated techniques, Itay is training to stay at the top of his game."

He continued: "The Talmud tells us that 'The seal of God is truth'. Over the many years I have known Itay, I can say that he is one of the most truthful people I have ever met.

"Sometimes the truth hurts, sometimes we might be a little embarrassed to hear it but one thing you can be sure of, Itay means what he says and says what he means. That is the way of a warrior."

Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week sees contestants take on gruelling tests used by some of the world's harshest army regimes.

The 'Hell Week' has been especially constructed to reflect known selection processes used by special forces across the globe including US Navy SEALs, the Philippines' NAVSOG, Russian Spetsnaz as well as the Israeli Defence Forces.

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